Yesterday Vegetarian Society Singapore had it's 10th anniversary and Annual general meeting. With the new commitee members, it was really heartening to see the many new ideas and plans being developed and excuted. Among these amazing developments, what stood out to me was the development of the Singapore tourism board brochure for vegetarian food in Singapore (good news for tourists!) as well as the plans to introduce of a vegetarian burger in one of the food stalls in Raffles Institution. We were showed a picture of the burger picture it looks so super delicious that I can't wait to try it, in fact, those who have tried it said it was good. The burger patty is made out of mushrooms and not the usual mock meat and this burger alone fueled the whole room with excitement and ideas on its promotion in schools were injected into the discussion like a flowing stream. With the introduction of familiar food first, progress can be made towards introducing more fruits and vegetables in the diet of students.
The promotion of vegetarianism in Singapore schools is still in its infant stage. VSS held exhibitions and talks in schools and now is moving towards encouraging consumption of healthy vegetarian food in schools. I really hope Singapore principals and teachers will be open to the concept of vegetarianism, and not brush it off with preconceived myths that it is unbalanced and makes you weak. What will really make us weak are our clogged arteries, high blood sugar levels, and the many kinds of illnesses that plague us as we age. This is the reason why the foundation of good health needs to be build in our youth.
Though we may not be opened to very new ideas that are not yet introduced around the world, vegetarian options are not alien to many schools in the west and also in the tertiary institutions in Singapore. It is perfectly fine to introduce this as a healthier choice in Singapore schools, as well as to make lives of vegetarian students easier.
Back to the AGM...The best thing to forward to about these meetings is of course, and ALWAYS the food served :)
This time, we had a vegan cake baked by Halimah which tasted so amazingly non-vegan but yet is cholesterol and dairy free.
Aside from the cake we had brownie catered from wholesome living
And the traditional vegan buns and bee hoon... (sandwiches were not vegan)
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